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David Jolly’s hulking South Australian superstar Behemoth was too good again, dominating the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results late off a luckless run with the top weight.
Last time out the brilliant All Too Hard five-year-old celebrated is first elite level success with a big win in Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at weight-for-age.
The team were confident in the horse’s ability and opted to run him at the same track and distance under handicap conditions instead of stretching him at a mile in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at WFA again.
Behemoth gave the weight away to his rivals in the Sir Rupert carrying 60kg, but still went around the $3.80 favourite in betting to complete the Memsie – Sir Rupert double for the first time since Regal Roller (2004).
Ridden by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning hoop Craig Williams, who celebrated his 61st Group 1 win, Behemoth had no luck in the run getting held-up throughout.
He managed to squeeze through late however and once the gap opened, he let down brilliant with the hefty weight producing a barnstorming late turn of foot for a superb victory for the favourite backers.
It was Williams’ sixth win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes following his previous victories aboard: Barely A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010), Toorak Toff (2011) and Stratum Star (2015).
On the line Behemoth defeated the ultra-brave pacemaker Dollar For Dollar ($26) who nearly looked like going all-the-way in a massive upset before being passed by the top elect in the final few strides.
Stablemate Pretty Brazen ($10), a half-sister to Dollar For Dollar, on the quick back-up was also excellent again to give Tony & Calvin McEvoy second and third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes trifecta, the Brazen Beau mare having won the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) the weekend prior at Flemington.
A $6,000 bargain buy, Behemoth has now won more than $1.6 million in prize money and remains in contention for the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley next month.
2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results
|1||1||BEHEMOTH||David Jolly||Craig Williams||5||60kg||$3.80F|
|2||6||DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Nolen||1L||7||56.5kg||$26|
|3||13||PRETTY BRAZEN||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||1.1L||10||54.5kg||$10|
|4||10||ACHERNAR STAR||Lindsey Smith||Jamie Mott||1.4L||1||55.5kg||$51|
|5||9||REYKJAVIK||Lindsey Smith||Dean Yendall||1.6L||11||56kg||$41|
|6||15||TAGALOA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||1.8L||12||54kg||$11|
|7||16||BANQUO||Danny O’Brien||Jye McNeil||1.9L||6||54kg||$7|
|7||7||MADAM ROUGE||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||1.9L||16||56kg||$21|
|9||8||MANDELA EFFECT||Scott Brunton||Craig Newitt||2.4L||2||56kg||$51|
|10||11||AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||2.5L||13||55.5kg||$10|
|11||4||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||2.8L||8||58kg||$8.50|
|12||5||SUPERSTORM||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||3.2L||15||57kg||$11|
|13||3||BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER||Daniel Bowman||Declan Bates||3.4L||4||58kg||$26|
|14||17e||HARLECH (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Michael Dee||3.5L||9||54kg||$26|
|15||2||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Daniel Stackhouse||6.25L||14||58.5kg||$41|
|16||12||DEBT AGENT (NZ)||Jim Conlan||Billy Egan||21.25L||3||54.5kg||$101|
|19e||GOLD FIELDS||Logan McGill||0|
|20e||RUNSON||Leon & Troy Corstens||0|
|14||ROHERYN||James Cummings||John Allen||0|
|18e||I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)||Peter & Paul Snowden||0|
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